What should I expect right after my eyelid or browlift surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Immediately after your blepharoplasty or browlift you can expect minimal pain or tenderness. Severe pain or loss of vision may indicate a hematoma that must be decompressed Immediately to prevent blindness. 
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Administration
After the surgery, your doctor will tell you that you can expect certain typical reactions:
  • Pain and fatigue -- You are likely to have some pain, swelling, and bruising after the procedure, and feel very tired. Your doctor will give you a prescription for pain medicine.
  • Nausea and vomiting -- Some patients experience nausea, even vomiting, during the first 24 hours. Your doctor will give you a prescription for nausea.
  • Sore throat -- A sore throat can occur from the use of an endotrachea, or breathing tube, during the procedure to assist with your breathing. This usually lasts about five days.
  • Bruising and swelling, changes in vision -- This is common if you undergo upper and/or lower eyelid surgery. You may also experience blurry vision once you use the eye ointment. You might find that your swollen eyelids obstruct your vision for a few days. However, if you feel that your pain is unusual and that your vision loss is significant, you should call your doctor immediately.
  • Tight feeling -- You may feel tightness around the eyes, the face, and the neck. Numbness of the ears and forehead can also occur.
  • Wearing your glasses -- You may wear glasses when you are comfortable doing so, but do not wear contacts until your doctor says that you may do so.
  • Exercise -- Light exercise, such as walking, is encouraged. Refrain from heavy, strenuous activity so as to minimize bruising after surgery.

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